11 November 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 7,500
Estimate GBP 6,000 - GBP 8,000
A KAWARI KABUTO
SIGNED SHIGEKATSU, Edo Period (17th century)
The kawari-kabuto russet iron helmet of distinctive 'Nanban' form, of six riveted plates, three-tiered iron shikoro with large leather-covered fukigaeshi, the whole engraved with leaves, scrolling, and dragons among waves with silver and gold inlay, on the front an applied iron roundel of a dragon with gilt details.
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The maker is thought to be of the Myochin school, and to have worked for the Date clan in Sendai.
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